CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 |
The geothermal power plants at Southern California's Salton Sea don't just produce electricity, they also trigger thousands of temblors not far from one of the West Coast's most dangerous earthquake faults, a new study says. Research published online Thursday in the journal Science found that as production rose at the Imperial County geothermal field, so did the number of earthquakes. From 1981 through 2012, more than 10,000 earthquakes above magnitude 1.75 were recorded in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2013 |
A California judge Tuesday upheld the sale of water from the farmers of the Imperial Valley to the thirsty cities in San Diego County -- the largest farms-to-cities water deal in the nation. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly disagreed with litigants, including the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, who said the deal between the Imperial Irrigation District and the San Diego County Water Authority violated the state's environmental rules, particularly involving the Salton Sea. San Diego County Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton called the ruling a “landmark victory in San Diego's historic quest for a more reliable water supply.” San Diego County, blessed by nature with mild weather and a gorgeous landscape, is virtually devoid of groundwater.
June 3, 2013 |
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Niland, Calif., east of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 5:43 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.2 mile. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 17 miles from Brawley and 30 miles from El Centro. In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- Seven people suspected of being illegal immigrants from Mexico were discovered in the Imperial Valley inside a chilled tractor-trailer that was carrying watermelons, the U.S. Border Patrol said. The vehicle was stopped for inspection at 4 a.m. Thursday at the checkpoint on Highway 86 between Salton City and Westmorland, on the edge of the Salton Sea. A Border Patrol dog alerted agents to possible illegal immigrants, the Border Patrol said. A woman and six men, ages 20 to 52, were found in the trailer, which was refrigerated to 48 degrees.
November 9, 2012 |
Temperatures in Southern California deserts have finally dropped (and really, it took awhile), which means it's the ideal time for some outdoor play. Road-bike tour company Undiscovered Country in Los Altos, Calif., offers a bicycle tour that visits Palm Springs, the Salton Sea and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park . The six-day Warm Winter Bike Tour starts in Palm Springs with a warm-up ride and a night at the plush Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. Cyclists take off for Borrego Springs, which becomes a base for bike rides to the Salton Sea, the Anza-Borrego badlands and other areas.
September 13, 2012
Re "Area's odor is linked to Salton Sea," Sept. 12 The Salton Sea, the largest lake in California, smells because the Metropolitan Water District is shipping staggering amounts of water from Imperial Valley farms to San Diego and making lots of money. The lake's water level has sunk seven feet (it was only 50 feet deep in most places in the first place). As a result, the deeper pollutants are more easily brought to the surface, and the public notices the smell. The courts have dragged their feet litigating and the state has not taken responsibility for the ecosystem as it said it would in the Quantification Settlement Agreement in 2003.